Bordeaux Photo Diary // December 2017 – Suz and the Sun

Bordeaux Photo Diary // December 2017

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Did you ever go somewhere and fall in love at first sight? That’s how I feel about Bordeaux.

We initially only stopped in the city so that we could rest for an evening in – what we’d heard was – a beautiful city before the final leg of our road trip down to Spain. I had no idea that it would become one of my favourite cities in Western Europe in about 0.8 seconds. Because we loved it so much, we actually decided to give it two more nights of exploration on our way back to (rainy) Belgium, this time with my brother and cousin in tow.

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Our first afternoon consisted of walking around with Hobson, checking out Avenue Saint-Catherine, and sampling a few glasses of Bordeaux red at Cafe Edouard. Obviously, I’m a shopper and became immediately intrigued by the idea of a mile-long shopping street. Chaotic, but right up my metaphorical alley.

On our second trip, I found a good tip for food across the river from the center, or where we were staying, at a really interesting restaurant called Magasin Général – lots of nice bio food. I wish we had made our reservation for a time when everything else in the area was open, but alas – an 8.30 dinner was what we had in store, and a glass of red wine with my steak tartare was just what the doctor ordered for our walk back across the river.

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The next day was a lot of eating pastries, drinking coffee, walking through Jardin Public to the mini Statue of Liberty (‘A surprise for the 3 Americans’, according to PJ) and then shopping, shopping, shopping. Bordeaux is apparently one of the rainiest places in France, according to a very cool tourist map we consulted, but we luckily only had the rain for about 30 minutes in the morning. In the evening we ventured out again for food, but we unluckily chose the busiest time so we had to ‘settle’ for Greek, though it was delicious.

Before I get on to more photos, here are some must visit addresses for your trip to Bordeaux:

La Boulanger de l’Hotel de Ville Jocteur – the above mentioned bakery – the best I’ve ever been to
Magasin Général – for a luxe meal that you can feel good about
Miroir d’Eau – we were lucky that we actually got to see it on our first visit. This water mirror was unfortunately all dried up at the end of December
Le Bistro d’Edouard –  a Hobson-approved cute little resto on Place du Parlement; our waiter was very happy to have a little dog on their terrace
Fifty – the coolest luxury vintage store near our favourite bakery. The shop-owner is extremely charming and helpful. If I could have, I would have spent a lot more money instead of just buying the Italian leather boots I’m still obsessing over. Absolute must-visit for vintage lovers.
Aux Quatre Coins du Vin – Okay, I know these types of wine bars aren’t extremely new, but I hadn’t experienced one up until this point. You get a card worth €30 that allows you to get a glass of wine of your choosing from any of the machines within. You can choose a tasting size, half or full glass, and the price you pay reflects your choice. Whatever you spend, you pay – the card won’t stop you from getting more. But be careful, there are a few very pricey glasses available1 My personal favourite was the Gabriëlskloof Syrah

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I honestly can’t wait to visit this city in the warmer months and for a bit longer; I wouldn’t mind a visit to the City of Wine and maybe some vineyards in the surrounding area. My best friend and I are already planning a return. Croissants and a beautiful glass of red – I’m ready for you.

If you have any other addresses for me to keep in mind, please let me know!

xox, 
Suz

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Loves of the Last Week // 17.2.19 – Suz and the Sun

Loves of the Last Week // 17.2.19

Suz and the Sun loves, loves of the last week, Suz and the Sun style, shopping, music, recommendations


Oh man – what a week! Valentine’s day dinner was delish, I got some great news on Friday (see my last love), I officially joined my floorball team, and spring is finally here (though while I love the warmth, it’s unnerving that it was 60 degrees in the middle of February)! That, and it’s officially one month until I turn 29. Last week had its ups and downs, but I’m glad that everything happened. 


I am obsessed with bury a friend by Billie Eilish. It’s like Lourde and Regina Spektor combined into an amazing sound. 

Laneige everything! I tried a sample box of their overnight line and am obsessed. Wow. It’s been about a week and I’ll be repurchasing full sizes as soon as my samples are done. 


A tiny bit of stretching each night has given me a bit less morning misery when I wake up after my weeks of much harder exercise. 

The pigeons are back in the tree outside our place. I don’t particularly like them, but they truly are the first sign of spring for us here in Gent. 

Those colour-block leather slingback that I mentioned last week? They’re perfect. 

I scored a few goals in one of my innebandy/floorball scrimmages last week, and I feel like I’m already improving!

THIS piece of magic. I LOVE this hot air set from BaByliss. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover the wonder that is light, fluffy, slightly styled hair. 

It’s been an expensive month, but I’m highly considering this perfect spring sweater.

And now for the big one…I’ve been going to speech therapy for about a month to fix the way I speak and use my tongue. It’s been described as ‘infantile’, but we can already tell there’s a huge difference!

Alongside that, for my insurance to cover my speech therapy I also have to fix a bite issue. So, tomorrow evening I’m getting fitted for my Invisalign trays! My dentist emailed me on Friday to let me know they were ready. She has been amazing and I’m so happy to have her treating me. I only have 22 sets and will be changing weekly, so fingers crossed it goes by fast and painlessly. Perfect teeth and speech, here I come!

Hopefully next week I’ll be saying that clearly and not lisping with a mouth full of plastic ????


xox,
Suz

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Versailles During the Pandemic // Our Visit – Suz and the Sun

Versailles During the Pandemic // Our Visit

In June, after the French government allowed travel throughout the country – and even opened the borders – PJ and I decided that we both felt safe enough to brave the crowds and visit Versailles during the pandemic.

Since our holidays this year will focus on France (with the exception of going to see family in Belgium), it’s day and weekend trips around the country that are going to get us through the summer! We’ve already done a number of small trips, but they’ve been predominantly outdoors, like walking through gardens, taking drives, or enjoying some salty air on the beaches in Normandy.

Versailles during a pandemic was a bit of a different story.

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Getting There

Though we have a car, we don’t love to use it for short trips when public transport is so easy to use. That said, this is France, so of course, something went wrong.

There’s always a lot of work happening on the transport lines here, but the surprise was real as we showed up at the Invalides metro stop – to then take the RER to Versailles – only to be told that no trains were leaving from the station that day.

Because tickets to Versailles right now are based on a specific timetable, we were under a bit of time pressure to arrive perfectly on time (and PJ is always late). So, we scrambled to get on a metro to Montparnasse where we caught an A train to the main station in Versailles. 60 sweaty minutes later, we arrived, still more than early for our timed visit – or so we thought. Though we were technically 30 minutes early, we ended up waiting in line for about 1:15, entering the Palace close to 15 minutes after our entry time.

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The Experience

After donning our masks, slathering ourselves with hand sanitizer and stepping into Louis XIV’s world, the only thing left to do was walk and learn in awe. Each room has audioguide numbers that allowed you to listen about the palace’s history a little more intimately. It was slightly frustrating, as we went on a popular day, at a popular time, and they only let people inside in phases, so the minimal hall space became even less. We did manage to shake this feeling by finding the lease populous part of each room (very likely the spot with the worst views) and listened from there.

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decorated hallway
chandelier in gold room
Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
musical gardens and fountain show at the palace of Versailles

After some nourishment at Angelina’s (by that I, of course, mean coffee and sweet pastries), we made our way outside to the absolutely beautiful gardens of Versailles. To be completely honest, if this isn’t your first visit to the palace and are just keen to see it again, skip the inner tour and head straight to the back for the fountain and musical gardens show.

We ended up walking a lot, taking in the different shows at different parts of the gardens, but we finally watched what we had really come there for – some fantastic water art. 10/10 would recommend on a sunny afternoon!

Just make sure you’re in the best spot for the show (in my humble opinion).

Travel Tips

  • Check the weather and go prepared! I didn’t bring a jacket and ended up soaked in a random rainstorm.
  • Take your mask and WEAR IT. In France, you now must wear a mask in all indoor public spaces.
  • Bring water and snacks in your bag, you never know how long you may be waiting in line to get in.
  • Go on a weekday if you can!
  • If not, try and go around 3 pm – especially if you’re more interested in seeing the musical gardens show which started at 3.30 pm.
  • Hungry? Have a sweet snack at Angelina! We chose to sit down for our snack, but you can also grab them to go.
  • Be sure to download the Versailles app for an easy-to-use audioguide!

Are you planning to visit Versailles during the pandemic, or have you already been? What was your experience like?

xox,
Suz

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Loves of the Last Week // 03.03.19 – Suz and the Sun

Loves of the Last Week // 03.03.19

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It’s been another crazy week, but luckily out Dry February (or Tournée Minérale as they like to call it here) is over and I was finally able to have a nice glass of wine on Friday night after a great night of bowling and air hockey with my colleagues. 
My weekend was basically spent on the couch with Hobson, who accidentally hurt his little leg jumping over the couch on Thursday night. And while it’s been terrible seeing him not as active, the cuddles have been fantastic. The cheese board we had last night didn’t hurt either!
These bras that I got last weekend have been saving me this weekend, and my life is sooooo comfortable. Just as comfy as the bralette I got last weekend, too! 
Though I’ve been working with Lightroom for a little bit already, it never hurts to learn some more. I’m enjoying using this guide from Later
I’m not completely sad that the great weather hasn’t gotten even better, because I love wearing these jeans. With everything. Nothing like a body hugging pair of denim to make you feel your best. 
I love the M&S slingbacks so much that I might just have to get a pretty pink pair, too.
I’m in the market for a new phone case and I like what I’ve found so far!
And now it’s time for more cuddles with my little monster with the hopes that his leg feels way better next week than it did this weekend.
xox,
Suz

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Suz and the Spring Wishlist – Suz and the Sun

Suz and the Spring Wishlist

Spring is officially here in Sweden. The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining down on us. And my closet and makeup bag are in desperate need of a few goodies…
Spring wishlist collage, Ahlens, Essie, L'Oreal blurring cream, Forever21, Toms, Gina Tricot
I am completely obsessed with everything: this adorable babydoll dress from Forever21 that I saw on the F21finds instagram, this white jacket from Gina Tricot, and those sandals. Ugh, those sandals! 
And I finally got to sample the L’Oréal blur cream…flawless. That blurring effect is incredible, and my skin felt so silky afterwards. I felt so good, in fact, that it was officially time to frolic in the flowers. 
Flowers in Sweden
I hope your Friday is as great as mine. Enjoy these long days!
xoxo,
Suz

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